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‘Seinfeld' Stars Work It Out for DVD Extras

6 Aug, 2004 By: Brendan Howard

The TV show “Seinfeld” will get its debut on DVD Nov. 23, with a dispute by three of the principals over money for work on the DVD extras now resolved.

Seinfeld Vol. 1 (with all 18 episodes from seasons one and two) and Vol. 2 (with all 22 episodes from season three) will street Nov. 23 (prebook Oct. 21) from Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment at $49.95 apiece.

A gift set with both volumes will be available at $119.95 that will include a limited edition script with handwritten notes from creator Larry David, salt-and-pepper shakers from “Seinfeld” haunt Monk's Diner and collectible playing cards.

“We wanted to create an event, equal to or greater than a big fourth-quarter theatrical movie [on video],” said Ben Feingold, president of Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment.

Both volumes will feature a total of 24 hours of DVD extras, with commentary and interviews with the creators, the crew and the cast, including Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Michael Richards and Jason Alexander, who originally said they would boycott work on the DVD extras if they weren't paid enough, according to a Dec. 23, 2003 article in The New York Times.

That dispute has been resolved, so they and Jerry Seinfeld have been deeply involved in recording commentary and interviews for the DVD set. “We amicably resolved it,” said Howard West, one of the show's executive producers. “They will render ongoing services [for the DVD sets].”

Each set will include “Inside Looks,” making-of interviews with the cast and the creators; “Yada Yada Yada,” audio commentaries; “In the Vault,” deleted scenes; “Not That There's Anything Wrong With That,” bloopers and outtakes; “Master of His Domain,” never-before-seen footage of Seinfeld's stand-up comedy; “Sponsored by Vandelay Industries,” original NBC ads and trailers; and “Notes About Nothing,” behind-the-scenes production notes.

West said the long wait for the first TV-on-DVD “Seinfeld” sets was for a variety of reasons, including timing and the explosion of interest in TV DVD: “It was a tremendous effort. … We won't disappoint.”

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